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Unextractable Data?

By Villaume ·
Is it possible that data cannot be extracted from a system to move it to a new system? I am not a programmer, but it seems to me no matter how out-of-date or abused the system you have, you should be able to tell it to extract simple text files. My wife works for a company, let's just say an extremely large chemical distribution company, and she had to reenter tons of info, killing tons of her time in their migration to a new system. That just doesn't seem right. Any answers?

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by BillyGilbreath In reply to Unextractable Data?

Likely, if the new system is already installed, it's too late to export the data. Many applicataions are able to export data to files in a form that can be imported by other (especially similar) applications.

The data should have been exported to the"home directory," floppies, or whatever before it became inacessable. If it still can be reached, maybe it's not too late. Even if the application doesn't provide "export" functionality, cut and paste might be possible.

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by Villaume In reply to Unextractable Data?

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by khendren In reply to Unextractable Data?

I'm assuming that when you mean "new system"
that means new computer, not new software.
In the case of let's say, Pervasive SQL or
Microsoft SQL, or maybe even Interbase, there
should be a way to backup that database and
extract it again into the new system, through either the program or the "server manager" or admin utility. Usually you have a client on a workstation and the database on the server. When you install the software on a new server or workstation, then all you have to do is replace the default database with your "new" database that you previously backed up. I believe it
solely depends on the software itself and
the format in which the data is store and/or
retrieved.

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